Book Review for JANE STEELE by Lyndsay Faye

JANE STEELE by Lyndsay Faye
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Author Lyndsay Faye delivers a compelling, smart, and delightfully murderous tale of a young woman fighting her way to get what is rightfully hers in the Victorian era. This book will pull you in with the eloquence of the writing as well as the strength of the the lead character. Jane Steele is a must read!

This is the story of Jane Steele. One of her favorite books is Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. It is a tale that she wishes her life could be like, but sadly is not. As Jane must make her way through life, she is greeted with heartache, loss, and lies. She is forced to do many things that she knows is right, but understands is also very wrong in the eyes of society. It is not until one day when she returns to her family home and meets Mr. Thornfield that her actions start to weigh on her. Can she fall in love and give herself to another all the while keeping her secrets and actions? This is the dilemma that Jane will face.

Jane Steele is one of those books that is so engrossing that you just can’t look away from the pages. The characters, the back stories, and the world that the author creates is so well crafted that you cannot deny how brilliant this book is.

I cannot express to you all that this is a book that needs to be read. The author is giving us all a great gift with this one. I could not recommend it more! It will easily be one of my top 10 books of 2016.

Fun Side Note: The book opens up with one of my favorite quotes from Jane Eyre and is even in my bio. As soon as I saw this, I knew that I would love this book.

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


About the Book:

“Reader, I murdered him.”

A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre “last confessions” of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement. Her aunt has died and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess.

Burning to know whether she is in fact the rightful heir, Jane takes the position incognito and learns that Highgate House is full of marvelously strange new residents—the fascinating but caustic Mr. Thornfield, an army doctor returned from the Sikh Wars, and the gracious Sikh butler Mr. Sardar Singh, whose history with Mr. Thornfield appears far deeper and darker than they pretend. As Jane catches ominous glimpses of the pair’s violent history and falls in love with the gruffly tragic Mr. Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: Can she possess him—body, soul, and secrets—without revealing her own murderous past?

A satirical romance about identity, guilt, goodness, and the nature of lies, by a writer who Matthew Pearl calls “superstar-caliber” and whose previous works Gillian Flynn declared “spectacular,” Jane Steele is a brilliant and deeply absorbing book inspired by Charlotte Brontë’s classic Jane Eyre.

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About the Author: Lyndsay Faye moved to Manhattan in 2005 to audition for work as a professional actress; she found her days more open when the powers that be elected to knock her day-job restaurant down with bulldozers.  Her first novel Dust and Shadow: an Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson is a tribute to the aloof genius and his good-hearted friend whose exploits she has loved since childhood--and after writing fifteen additional short stories over the next six years, she collected them in The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes.

Faye's love of her adopted city led her to research the origins of the New York City Police Department, the inception of which exactly coincided with the start of the Irish Potato Famine in the summer of 1845.  The Gods of Gotham, Seven for a Secret, and The Fatal Flame follow ex-bartender Timothy Wilde as he navigates the rapids of his violently turbulent city, his no less chaotic elder brother Valentine Wilde, and the perils of learning police work in a riotous and racially divided pre-Civil War political landscape.  Her newest novel Jane Steele re-imagines Jane Eyre as a gutsy, heroic serial killer who battles for justice with methods inspired by Darkly Dreaming Dexter.

Faye has been nominated for an Edgar Award, a Dilys Winn Award, and is honored to have been selected by the American Library Association's RUSA Reader's List for Best Historical.  She is an international bestseller and her Timothy Wilde Trilogy has been translated into 14 languages.

Born in Northern California and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Lyndsay migrated back to "the Peninsula" and graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University with a dual degree in English and Performance. She worked as a professional actress throughout the Bay Area for several years, nearly always in a corset, and if not a corset then--at the least--heels and lined stockings.  She has a very high pop belt and is a soprano, supposing that interests you.

Lyndsay and her husband Gabriel live in Ridgewood, Queens with their cats, Grendel and Prufrock.  During the few hours a day Lyndsay isn’t writing or editing, she is most often cooking, or sampling new kinds of microbrew, or thinking of ways to creatively mismatch her clothing.  She is a very proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, the Baker Street Babes, the Baker Street Irregulars, Mystery Writers of America, and Girls Write Now.  She is hard at work on her next novel...always.


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